Indian top order is the best going around in the world at the moment. Star-studded top-three of India features Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who have led India to several victories on their own. Thus, India’s middle order has never been put under pressure. And whenever they were asked questions, they failed to answer them.
However, the same was not the case on a fine Saturday evening, when Australian bowlers sent Indian top order back and put pressure on the middle order. And boy, they shut all the talks about their failures and took India home in the first of match ODI series against Australia in Hyderabad.
Chasing 237, India looked in a spot of bother at 99/4 with all top four were back in the hut. Though, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was not bothered by this scorecard as he sensed this as an opportunity for the middle order to show their metal.
Speaking at the end of the game, Kohli revealed how he told head coach Ravi Shastri that 99 for 4 ‘is good’ before expressing his delight over Dhoni and Jadhav’s performance.
India won the first One-Day International by six wickets with the help of timely half-centuries from Kedar Jadhav (81*) and MS Dhoni (59*) in 48.2 overs. Earlier, Indian bowlers, led by Mohammad Shami, didn’t allow breathing space to Aussie batsmen and reduced their innings to 236/7.
The second ODI will be played in Nagpur’s Vidarbha Cricket Association this Tuesday.